Michael Scott has left Dunder Mifflin, and everyone is sad. Including NBC, shortly.
You see, The Office was NBC’s golden-child. An adaptation from a wildly popular and critically successful British sitcom, it took a few seasons to find its voice, but turned into a critical and ratings baby. Now that Steve Carrell has left, it seems that NBC is going to need another ratings baby to fill the void that The Office is going to leave, as the first episode without him has suffered a 17% drop in ratings. That’s huge. Being that NBC doesn’t have any heavy shows to back it up, Community isn’t pulling in ratings, Parks and Rec is increasing – it’s bad news for the network.
Will Ferrell, James Spader, and Jim Carrey are all guest stars that have been announced to make appearances later in the season, but if stunt-casting can’t even help The Office, it’s doubtful we’ll see it on the air for another seven seasons.
Which is fine. Let it die mercifully. We’ve had to deal with Toby leaving, Pam turning unmercifully annoying, and babies that nobody asked for. If we don’t have Steve Carrell anymore, just cancel the show. Seriously. We’ve all loved it.